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Old 07-21-2019, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Study shows over half religious-liberals go to the web first when they are concerned with a question of Jewish law.
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ro...-rabbis-596244

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Old 07-21-2019, 03:12 PM
 
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I have been known to do both... I will look up the official Conservative position, but will back it up with a discussion with my favorite Rabbi. What you find online is very general, but the rabbi can hone in on my specific situation.
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:29 PM
 
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I have been known to do both... I will look up the official Conservative position, but will back it up with a discussion with my favorite Rabbi. What you find online is very general, but the rabbi can hone in on my specific situation.

Me too. My rabbi is pretty busy, though, and I've found that the best way to schedule personal time is to take my rabbi out to lunch (along with another guest, for propriety). We go to a kosher restaurant, and there's always so much to talk about over a glass of wine (or two!).
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:02 AM
 
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Just like the internet can't replace speaking with a doctor, I don't think it can replace speaking with a rabbi.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:17 PM
 
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I see my rabbi twice a day, every day, 365 days a year. Ample opportunity to ask questions (shailas).
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Old Yesterday, 07:05 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I think that this is just a natural next step in a process which began many, many years ago. Go back far enough and the rabbi was the only source of information and answers. Even in communities with people who were literate and had access to books, the rabbi was considered a source of information and a wider view with the expectation that he knew more. More printing, more schooling and more people with access to data changes that. More printed books cheaper, more institutionalized education with standardized curricula and more resources means more people who aren't rabbis can read source material and the response surrounding it. I bet that people worried about the centrality of the rabbi when each of the various technologies (printing, vernacular translations, Artscroll, standardized schooling, telephones etc) came up.

So now, people can look things up on google instead of what? Instead of looking them up in sefarim (religious texts). But one goes to a rabbi after looking up the basics in order to have a more complete conversation and with a knowledge of how to frame a question. I still ask the rabbis loads of questions (even though they are younger than I) and I use many only and print resources to check things out beforehand.

The operative point is that people have to understand why they are asking, how to ask and what exactly to ask. We don't generalize from others' cases but we can learn the parameters by researching. The internet is a Wikipedia. You don't always know the source and the material isn't always complete and perfect. But you use it to ground yourself before going to a trusted source who can speak with you as an individual and evaluate your situation and question on a personal basis.
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Old Yesterday, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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Just like the internet can't replace speaking with a doctor, I don't think it can replace speaking with a rabbi.

But it can augment your understanding, help prepare for which questions to ask and also which advice to question.


Then again, I diagnosed my own cancer from the internet when multiple doctors brushed me off over 5 years despite repeatedly asking if I could have my specific, rare cancer based on my symptoms. Given that I outlived the median undiagnosed survival rate by almost 3 years before getting into treatment, I've learned to never take advice at face value without thoroughly educating myself first. I also diagnosed my dad's rare diabetes complication when his doctors were stumped and he found himself bedridden. Found him a specialist and boom, he had a diagnosis and treatment plan.


It's never made sense to me to have a single source for information, whether it be a doctor or a rabbi. With rabbis, it can be harder to seek a second opinion depending on where you live and who you know.
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Old Yesterday, 05:52 PM
 
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I figure the internet is how the whole world will simultaneously hear shofar when moschiach comes. The fact that Jews with less access to a qualified Rav/posek (halachic decider) go to the internet for ďadvice,Ē sounds entirely kosher to me. Better than getting your advice from many other less capable sources. The key, of course, is where and what you ask.
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Old Yesterday, 05:53 PM
 
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But letís be clear. Nothing replaces speaking with a qualified Rav.
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Old Today, 05:15 AM
 
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But it can augment your understanding, help prepare for which questions to ask and also which advice to question.
I agree but I don't think it can completely replace asking an expert!
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